Alternative Destination Transport program provides pathways of care other than transport to the emergency department for 9-1-1 patients. This strategy would include transport of patients with low acuity medical conditions to urgent care centers and clinics for treatment, the transport of medically stable intoxicated patients directly to the detoxification center, and the transport of medically stable psychiatric patients directly to mental health facility for medical clearance and admission.
Co-responder Models for Individuals in Behavioral Health Crisis enhance law enforcement’s capacity to develop an immediate and targeted response to acute and non-acute situations. At its core, the co-responder framework typically features a specially trained team that includes at least one law enforcement officer and one mental health or substance abuse professional responding jointly to situations in which a behavioral health crisis is likely to be involved, often in the same vehicle, or arriving on scene at generally the same time.
Crisis Intervention Team Training and programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course to help laypeople know how to assist individuals with mental health problems or at risk for problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Courses last 8 to 12 hours and include information about signs and symptoms of mental health problems and appropriate responses, as well as interactive activities using MHFA’s five-step action plan: assess risk of self-harm, listen non-judgmentally, reassure and share information, encourage self-help, and encourage professional help.
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) is intended to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training for general community members. The skills and techniques taught during this 1-hour training empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.
Peer Supports placed within the Emergency Department, assist individuals with the develop of crisis plans, support patients during their hospital stay if admitted to inpatient service, educate them on harm reduction, and link them with community-based resources after discharge.
RECONNECT for Resilience trainings are trauma-informed and resiliency-focused, and offer practical strategies that individuals, organizations, and whole communities can use to promote balance and wellbeing. Attendees are taught about trauma, the brain, and the human nervous system in a way that participants of all ages, educations, or backgrounds can understand. Our simple, teachable format is designed for anyone to learn. The 14-hour Reconnect training is a strengths-based, somatic program. Through demonstrations and group practice, participants are given the “owner’s manual” to the body’s safety and threat management system and learn to use their own natural ability to find balance.
School-based social and emotional instruction (SEL) focuses on five core competency areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making1. Such instruction typically includes efforts to develop skills such as recognizing and managing emotions, setting and reaching goals, appreciating others’ perspectives, establishing and maintaining relationships, and handling interpersonal situations constructively. Skills may be modeled, practiced, and then applied throughout the school day.
Telemental health services are mental health care services provided over a distance via telephone or videoconference. Services can include psychotherapy, counseling, supplemental support services accompanying face to face therapy, and self-directed services such as online cognitive behavioral therapy. Patients can receive care via their home computer through services such as Skype or be hosted at clinics or hospitals where telemedicine equipment is housed.
Trauma Informed Communities (TIC) includes the use a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder, and multilevel approach to support and strengthen traumatized and distressed residents and communities and address the effects of unresolved community trauma such as historical community disinvestment, poverty, inadequate and insufficient housing, violence, social isolation, and structural racism.